13 February 2013

Rwanda: Street, House Naming Campaign Kicks Off in Nyarugenge District

A campaign that will see some streets in Nyarugenge district named and houses given numbers has kicked off, a year after the city had numbered all the streets.

This aims at facilitating the public, especially travellers, to easily locate their destinations, according to the district officials.

It was explained that some streets will retain the old numbers while others will be given names to replace the numbers.

According to Jean de dieu Serugendo, the district communication officer, the names were proposed by residents. The naming affects mainly Kiyovu suburb.

The exercise is expected to take at least three months with help of youth who are currently taking part in the voluntary and national service programme locally known as Urugerero.

"People need to be sensitised on why their houses should have these numbers; and also the meaning of the names put on the sign posts along the streets, we are doing this so that people become aware and learn to use them," said Serugendo.

The Mayor Kigali City, Fidel Ndayisaba, said the residents will be paying for their own numbers which will be put on their houses. Each number will cost Rwf12,000.

"The numbers will be written on durable material which will need to be kept well by beholders" he said.

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